When it comes to planning a wedding, it is so easy to get wrapped up in the big decisions, which basically feels like it includes every decision: the venue and how many people are coming and don't forget the food option. Just getting your invites out on time can feel stressful! So it’s understandable that the little details can be left to the last minute, and I can't blame you for that.
One, in particular, are the gifts for your bridal party.
It is a tradition to thank your bridal party during the speeches, and many people like to support those words with a gift. Which is why I thought it would be great to share with you some gift ideas and hopefully taking this last minute stress away from your big day (even just a little).
The mothers of the bride and groom tend to get involved in the planning stages of a wedding whether you want there help or not.
Even if you weren't to keen at the time, it’s always a nice gesture to thank them on the day and give them a little something for their efforts. Some people like a personalized item and I am allll for that but I also think you can’t go wrong with a beautiful bunch of flowers.
All you would need to do is head to a flower shop near you and order two bouquets for the day and that job is done. A thoughtful touch would be to use the types of flowers that have been incorporated into your wedding so they can serve as a nice reminder for the next few days after the event, or even their favourite flower if you want to add that personal touch.
I think the fathers of the bride and groom can be a more difficult thing to get right, men in general are just tricky to buy for.
They could have different interests and this is where you may have to think outside of the box a little. Buying a bottle of their favourite drink shows that you have made an effort to get something they like and could make both of them happy plus some companies can personalize bottles for you. If not, you could even do something yourself by removing the label and placing a personalized one on the bottle - these can actually be bought (printed and ready to stick) online.
The Best Man
What do you get the best man?
Honestly, I think the groom may be the only one who could answer that. But if you are both stuck for ideas try and keep things simple like an engraved pair of cufflinks, a drinking glass or even something more novelty like socks.
The Maid of Honour
As the bride, you should know your maid of honour quite well.
So this should be the easiest gift to buy, right? Nope! It can be just as difficult, especially if you have yourself a MOH who has everything. Many brides opt for a keepsake like a necklace or pair of earrings. You could even create something yourself like a story of your friendship as a scrapbook of pictures and memories.
The Ushers, Bridesmaids & any children
For the ushers, I would suggest something very similar to the best man but perhaps not as extravagant and I have good reason to suggest this! See the problem is, there could be many ushers, and the cost could get ridiculous. So make sure this is more of a token gift than something huge or expensive.
As with the ushers some brides choose to have many bridesmaids, so the cost could spiral out of control if you are not careful. Again think of this gift as more of a token than anything else.
Finally, if you have any children involved in your wedding party as a page boy or flower girl, then you won’t want to leave them out during the speeches. This is where a cute little teddy highlighting that they were part of your day could be a lovely token of thanks. I’m sure they will love it.
I hope this has inspired you for your bridal party gifts.
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